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Sainsbury's - Pushchairs and Prams Buying Guide
Pushchairs and prams

Buying the right pushchair, pram or travel system is really about reconciling the needs of your lifestyle with those of your baby. So, first, consider:

How do I live my life?
What does my baby need?
Pushchairs
3-in-1 prams and pushchairs
2-in-1 prams and pushchairs
3-wheeler pushchairs
Travel systems - car seat to pushchair
Strollers and buggies
Twins and tandems
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 How do I live my life?

Using public transport or having to climb steps to your home means you'll need a pram that's lightweight and folding.

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If you walk a lot, swivel wheels make a pushchair easier to manoeuvre, while fixed wheels make rough surfaces simpler to navigate. Some pushchairs offer both wheel options, while others also have adjustable handle height for comfort.

If you use a car, you'll need to check the size of the boot and compare it with the folded dimensions of the pushchair to make sure it fits. Multi-function travel systems combine a baby car seat and pushchair, so you can make the transition from car to town without carrying extra items.

 What does my baby need?

Newborns need to lie back, so you'll need a pushchair with a reclining option, a pram or a pushchair/carrycot combination. Think about where your baby sleeps - in a Moses basket, carrycot, crib or cot - and how it will fit in with being on the move. Some models allow your baby to face you; in others, they face the direction of travel. Here are the options:

 Pushchairs

Suitable for newborns to toddlers, a pushchair typically has either a reclining bucket-seat or lie-back seat unit, with a variable number of lie-back positions. Some pushchairs have a reversible seat unit, so your baby can either face you or the direction of travel. Most fold flat for easy storage, and some are free-standing when folded. Features can include:

 • Carry handle for easy transport
 • Compatibility with an infant carrier as part of a fully-flexible travel system
 • Bumper bar for extra safety
 • Shopping tray or storage basket
 • Foot rest - fixed or adjustable
 • Fixed or lockable swivel wheels
 • Free-standing folded position for vertical storage
 • Flat-fold for space-saving storage
 • Variable lie-back positions
 • Reversible seat unit to face or back onto direction of travel.

 3-in-1 prams and pushchairs

Suitable for newborns to toddlers, these combine a carrycot, which your baby can also sleep in for the first few months, and convertible two-in-one pushchair. Models with a larger wheeled chassis offers better suspension, while smaller versions tend to be nippier. Features can include: 

 • Fixed or swivel wheels of varying sizes
 • Reversible seat unit to face or back onto direction of travel
 • Easy, one-handed folding
 • Seat unit adjusts to the flat position
 • Shopping basket or tray
 • Coordinating accessories

 2-in-1 prams and pushchairs

Bridging the gap between newborns and toddlers, convertible pushchairs go from a lie-flat pram to a pushchair, for all-round use. Features can include: 

 • Easy, one-handed folding
 • Removable washable covers
 • Co-ordinating fabric hood and boot to create a traditional pram look
 • Fixed, swivel or large wheel models
 • Reversible seat unit to face or back onto direction of travel

 3-wheeler pushchairs

Suitable for newborns if they have a fully-reclining seat or cot seat, these fall into roughly two categories.

All-terrain pushchairs are designed to withstand any environment and are suitable for parents who like to jog.

City pushchairs are less robust, and are more for everyday use in an urban setting - shopping, strolling and other pavement-based activities. Features can include: 

 • Carry bag for easy transport
 • Lie-back option
 • Quick-release wheels
 • Flat storage
 • Pneumatic tyres for comfort
 • Removable, machine-washable accessories
 • Hood, foot muff, basket and PVC covering

 Travel systems - car seat to pushchair

Consisting of a car seat and pushchair, or a car seat, pushchair and carry cot, these are suitable for babies from birth and can usually be used up to 9-12 months (weight equivalent around 29lbs or 13kgs). Features can include:

 • Shopping tray or basket
 • Wheel suspension
 • Fixed or lockable swivel wheels
 • Bumper bar for safety
 • Adjustable foot rest
 • Variable recline positions

 Strollers and buggies

These are typically lightweight, easy to use and highly versatile. Perfect for travel, most can be used for newborn babies. Features can include:

 • Hood
 • Shopping basket
 • Carry handle
 • Compact or flat-folding
 • Lockable swivel wheels
 • Adjustable foot rest
 • Variable recline positions

 Twins and tandems

If you've got children close in age and weight, or have twins, then double buggies and tandems are brilliant.

Tandems seat your children or babies one in front of the other, which creates a narrower street profile than the traditional, twin pushchair. Some parents prefer seating their children side by side as more 'sociable' than the tandem's 'stacked' approach.

Features for both can include:

 • Lockable swivel wheels
 • Bumper bar for safety
 • Independent, adjustable foot rests
 • Independent, variable reclining seats
 • Optional carrycot